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Old 01-21-2014, 05:12 AM
 
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If you could live anywhere between Los Angeles and San Diego where would it be? Has to have:
great high school and middle school
great safe community feel
a budget of $1.5 million or less to buy a single family house
at least 2000 square feet
not Irvine
not too far from civilization
hopefully a good investment

I have compared cities and gotten great feedback but I need to narrow it down! We currently live in Miami but are planning to trip to Southern California to decide where we are going to move this summer. My husband is getting transferred (travels for work) and our two daughter, 9 and 11 years old, and I are leaving it all behind and starting a new life! Such a huge decision! Please give me your feedback?
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Old 01-21-2014, 05:24 AM
 
Location: california
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Big Bear Lake Calif.
Number one place in all California for fun and raising a family.
IMO
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Old 01-21-2014, 07:32 AM
 
Location: Rust'n in Tustin
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If you're spending 1.5 on a house, hire a realtor, they'll be happy to help you.
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Old 01-21-2014, 08:38 AM
 
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South Orange County... Ladera Ranch, Mission Viejo, Laguna Niguel, San Juan Capistrano, San Clemente, Dana Point
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Old 01-21-2014, 09:58 AM
 
Location: Dana Point
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Definitely Coastal OC (Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, Dana Point), West LA(Santa Monica), or Northern San Diego Coastal (La Jolla, Del Mar, Torrey Pines, etc).
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Old 01-21-2014, 10:51 AM
 
Location: CDA
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The peninsula in Newport Beach at the very end where streets are letters not numbers. Or Del Mar in San Diego. Both active, walkable/bikeable towns.
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Old 01-21-2014, 11:07 AM
 
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Big Bear lake looks great but we would have to find private schools there as the public schools there do not rate well. Still it's something to consider. Being that we are on a canal in Miami now, my children would appreciate having access to a lake. Thanks for the great suggestion.

Yes we will hire a realtor. I believe his company will provide us with one as part of the relocation. However, I appreciate peoples feedback. I would like to provide the realtor with a list of cities I am most interested in first. In order of preference, how would you rate Ladera Ranch, Laguna Niguel, San Clemente, and Dana Point? What about Huntington Beach?
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Old 01-21-2014, 11:13 AM
 
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I believe Newport Beach and Laguna Beach may be out of our price range if we want at least 2000 square feet. Yes I hear Newport Peninsula is great but I have not seen anything in our price range there. Also, I think San Clemente is as far south as we should go based on his work territory. It may even be too south but we will take a look at it. Is it true that Dana Point has terrible fog problems?
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Old 01-21-2014, 11:26 AM
 
Location: Dana Point
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I believe Newport Beach and Laguna Beach may be out of our price range if we want at least 2000 square feet. Yes I hear Newport Peninsula is great but I have not seen anything in our price range there. Also, I think San Clemente is as far south as we should go based on his work territory. It may even be too south but we will take a look at it. Is it true that Dana Point has terrible fog problems?
I don't know about terrible, this isn't the Sunset district in San Francisco. During Winter, you will get coastal fog, but even then it will most of the time burn away by the afternoon. I will say compared to a foggy area like Sunset in SF, Dana Point gets about 1/5 or less of the fog of an area like that.

We average about 300 days of sun per year.
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Old 01-21-2014, 11:32 AM
 
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All of the 4 cities you mentioned, Ladera Ranch, Laguna Niguel, San Clemente and Dana Point are good choices. Probably just depends where you find a house that fits. I live in Ladera Ranch and love it. It is 7 miles from the beach, so still pretty close to the coast. One thing to think about if you were to choose Ladera Ranch is that the city is split between 2 different high schools, Tesoro and San Juan Hills. This is my biggest complaint about Ladera. Even more so is that I would never send my kids to San Juan Hills HS so I would only want to buy in the Tesoro zoned area. This is my personal opinion, many are happy with San Juan Hills. Just something to think about if you consider this city. And yes, Dana Point and San Clemente does have fog, not always, but it is one of things to deal with when you live closer to the beach.
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